The Intersection of
Sports and Leadership
Korn Ferry Sports
Led by legendary coach and sports recruiter Jed Hughes, Korn Ferry’s Global Sports Practice provides top talent recruitment and leadership development solutions for the world’s leading sports organizations. Increased pressure to win quickly, evolving fan expectations for more interactive experiences, challenges presented by social media, the experience required to negotiate multimillion dollar broadcast deals in the sports business, and the fierce competition for proven talent make it crucial to hire the right leaders to drive success. Our best-in-class approach has been statistically proven to generate winning results for our clients. Top national and international intercollegiate and professional sports entities, entertainment, and consumer goods organizations trust Korn Ferry’s proven talent leadership solutions and the wisdom and expertise of seasoned sports professional Jed Hughes and his team to guide high stakes talent decisions.
Unsurpassed expertise in sports leadership and organizational performance.
Having pioneered senior level search and organizational assessment in the world of sports, Jed Hughes leads Korn Ferry’s Sports practice as vice chair. His high profile placements include New York Jets GM John Idzik and President Neil Glat; Mark Murphy, CEO of the Green Bay Packers; Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-12; Bob Bowlsby, Commissioner of the Big 12; Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke, the athletic director and the head coach, respectively, of the Michigan Wolverines; USC head basketball coach Andy Enfield; and Chris McGowan, president and CEO of the Portland Trail Blazers. Jed has conducted searches for the USOC, LPGA, PGA of America, Seattle Seahawks, Arsenal Football Club, Liverpool Football Club, Ohio State, ATP Tour, and WTA, among others.
Early in his career, Jed served for more than 20 years as a coach in pro and college football under five Hall of Fame coaches: Chuck Noll (Pittsburgh Steelers), Bud Grant (Minnesota Vikings), Bo Schembechler (Michigan), John Ralston (Stanford), and Terry Donahue (UCLA). Jed holds a PhD from the University of Michigan and also ran a company that provided psychological evaluations of business leaders —experiences that laid the foundation for his unparalleled understanding of leadership issues in sports organizations.
Global network for the deepest bench.
Korn Ferry is strategically positioned to meet the talent needs of the world’s leading sports organizations. We offer a full suite of solutions — strategic search and recruitment, engaging high-potential development programs, one-on-one executive coaching, strategic talent design, and succession planning. Our global team of sports experts works closely with associations, conferences, leagues, team owners, and boards to identify the best candidates, drive development, accelerate readiness, and energize transitions. We are the only firm that can help you identify internal and external sports leaders and simultaneously develop them through engaging, proven solutions that meet and exceed expectations. |